Prior to our condo renovation, we hired a civil engineer to produce plans and submit them to the building department in our town. We signed a contract with our engineer for the plans. The plans were approved by the building department on the condition, among others, that the engineer inspect the interim work, I think twice during the renovation. The engineer would like us, the owners, to pay for these inspections. There was no mention of inspections in our contract nor do we have any other contracts in place with the engineer. The renovation has begun and the engineer has already been called by the contractor to inspect once. My questions here are: * is it our responsibility to pay for the engineer's inspections? * if not, whose responsibility is it? perhaps the contractor's? or the building department's? * can we formally ask the engineer not to perform the second scheduled inspection, so that we don't end up having to pay the engineer? * if the law doesn't say anything about responsibility, who normally pays for these things? What are your thoughts or experience with this kind of stuff? We're in Westchester County in NY.